The sunflower is named after its huge, fiery blooms, whose shape and image are often used to depict the sun. While vibrant and strong the sunflower is recognized world wide for it's beauty. Sunflower is one of the few crop species that originated in North America. It was probably a "camp follower" of several of the western native American tribes who domesticated the crop (possibly 1000 BC) and then carried it eastward and southward of North America. The first Europeans observed sunflower cultivated in many places from southern Canada to Mexico.